Okay, I think it’s only fair that I finally review the Kindle. I think I made a brief mention of it in another post and never really went back to that.
Let me first give you some background information. I used to be anti e-book. I couldn’t stand reading on a computer screen. (Still can’t!) It hurts my eyes. Then, a girlfriend had a romance novel published (that would be Bernadette Marie – I’m blaming this on her, lol!). I wanted to read it badly but the paperbacks weren’t available yet. So I downloaded the Kindle Reader for my BlackBerry. I read her book on the BlackBerry. Then there was another book I wanted right away and didn’t have time to go to the bookstore. So I got that on my BlackBerry. Before I knew it, I’d read 5 books on my BlackBerry.
At that point I knew I needed a real e-reader. I compared the Nook and really didn’t want a touch screen. Not to mention the Kindle has a “read to me” feature that is fun.
So I took the plunge and asked my husband for a Kindle for my birthday. Well – I got it and now I LOVE IT. Not only is it helping keep down the clutter in the house (because I really don’t have any more room for excess books – even though I still buy paperbacks – just fewer of them) but it’s also great to be able to pick up a book at 1 a.m.when I can’t sleep and want something new to read. It’s simple and intuitive to use, there’s no touch screen to have to constantly clean, it holds up to 1500 books, and there’s no glare.
It does not have a backlit screen so you do still need a book light to read in the dark. But this feature does make it really easy on the eyes.
My only wish for the Kindle was that it had a removable memory card so you could store entire libraries on cards and expand the memory so it holds more. I’d also like a way to mark a book READ. You can archive stuff. I guess that’s the alternative, though a nice little READ tag would be better.
It stays charged for about one to two weeks (depending how much you read) if you turn the wireless off when you’re not downloading or buying books. Even then, it charges up completely in about three hours (if even that). All this said – I love my Kindle and really think I’m going to love it even more when I’m traveling.
I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars, but only because a few extra features would be nice.